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  • Yellow sea mediated segregation between North East Asian Dryophytes species 

    Borzee, Amael; Messenger, Kevin R.; Chae, Shinhyeok; Andersen, Desiree; Groffen, Jordy; Kim, Ye Inn; An, Junghwa; Othman, Siti N.; Ri, Kyongsin; Nam, Tu Yong; Bae, Yoonhyuk; Ren, Jin-Long; Li, Jia-Tang; Chuang, Ming-Feng; Yi, Yoonjung; Shin, Yucheol; Kwon, Taejoon; Jang, Yikweon; Min, Mi-Sook (2020-06-24)
    While comparatively few amphibian species have been described on the North East Asian mainland in the last decades, several species have been the subject of taxonomical debates in relation to the Yellow sea. Here, we ...
  • Land use decisions after the Conservation Reserve Program: Re‐enrollment, reversion, and persistence in the southern Great Plains 

    Barnes, Jessica C.; Sketch, Mary; Gramza, Ashley R.; Sorice, Michael G.; Iovanna, Rich; Dayer, Ashley A. (Society for Conservation Biology, 2020-07-23)
    The temperate grasslands of North America remain one of the most modified and threatened ecosystems on the planet. In the United States, the conservation of grassland‐dependent wildlife continues to be challenged by the ...
  • Spatial Capture-Recapture With Partial Identity: An Application to Camera Traps 

    Augustine, Ben C.; Royle, J. Andrew; Kelly, Marcella J.; Satter, Christopher B.; Alonso, Robert S.; Boydston, Erin E.; Crooks, Kevin R. (2018-03)
    Camera trapping surveys frequently capture individuals whose identity is only known from a single flank. The most widely used methods for incorporating these partial identity individuals into density analyses discard some ...
  • Modulators of mercury risk to wildlife and humans in the context of rapid global change 

    Eagles-Smith, Collin A.; Silbergeld, Ellen K.; Basu, Niladri; Bustamante, Paco; Diaz-Barriga, Fernando; Hopkins, William A.; Kidd, Karen A.; Nyland, Jennifer F. (2018-03)
    Environmental mercury (Hg) contamination is an urgent global health threat. The complexity of Hg in the environment can hinder accurate determination of ecological and human health risks, particularly within the context ...
  • Spatial factors of white-tailed deer herbivory assessment in the central Appalachian Mountains 

    Kniowski, Andrew B.; Ford, W. Mark (2018-04)
    Because moderate to over-abundant white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory impacts biodiversity and can alter community function, ecological benchmarks of herbivory impact are needed to assess deer impacts. We ...
  • BCG vaccine protection from severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

    Esboar, Luis E.; Molina-Cruz, Alvaro; Barillas-Mury, Carolina (National Academy of Sciences, 2020-06-09)
    A series of epidemiological explorations has suggested a negative association between national bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccination policy and the prevalence and mortality of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). ...
  • Bat Activity Following Restoration Prescribed Burning in the Central Appalachian Upland and Riparian Habitats 

    Austin, Lauren V.; Silvis, Alexander; Ford, W. Mark; Muthersbaugh, Michael; Powers, Karen E. (2018-04)
    After decades of fire suppression in eastern North America, land managers now are prioritizing prescribed fire as a management tool to restore or maintain fire-adapted vegetation communities. However, in long-fire-suppressed ...
  • Predicting intensity of white-tailed deer herbivory in the Central Appalachian Mountains 

    Kniowski, Andrew B.; Ford, W. Mark (2018-05)
    In eastern North America, white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can have profound influences on forest biodiversity and forest successional processes. Moderate to high deer populations in the central Appalachians have ...
  • Stream fish colonization but not persistence varies regionally across a large North American river basin 

    Wheeler, Kit; Wenger, Seth J.; Walsh, Stephen J.; Martin, Zachary P.; Jelks, Howard L.; Freeman, Mary C. (2018-07)
    Many species have distributions that span distinctly different physiographic regions, and effective conservation of such taxa will require a full accounting of all factors that potentially influence populations. Ecologists ...
  • Effects of Landscape Characteristics on Annual Survival of Lesser Prairie-Chickens 

    Robinson, Samantha G.; Haukos, David A.; Plumb, Reid T.; Kraft, John D.; Sullins, Daniel S.; Lautenbach, Joseph M.; Lautenbach, Jonathan D.; Sandercock, Brett K.; Hagen, Christian A.; Bartuszevige, Anne; Rice, Mindy A. (2018-07)
    Agriculture and development have caused landscape change throughout the southwestern Great Plains in the range of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus). Landscape alteration within the lesser prairie-chicken ...
  • Identifying the diet of a declining prairie grouse using DNA metabarcoding 

    Sullins, Daniel S.; Haukos, David A.; Craine, Joseph M.; Lautenbach, Joseph M.; Robinson, Samantha G.; Lautenbach, Jonathan D.; Kraft, John D.; Plumb, Reid T.; Reitz, Jonathan H.; Sandercock, Brett K.; Fierer, Noah (2018-07)
    Diets during critical brooding and winter periods likely influence the growth of Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations. During the brooding period, rapidly growing Lesser Prairie-Chicken chicks ...
  • Effects of environmental conditions on reproductive effort and nest success of Arctic-breeding shorebirds 

    Weiser, Emily L.; Brown, Stephen C.; Lanctot, Richard B.; Gates, H. River; Abraham, Kenneth F.; Bentzen, Rebecca L.; Bety, Joel; Boldenow, Megan L.; Brook, Rodney W.; Donnelly, Tyrone F.; English, Willow B.; Flemming, Scott A.; Franks, Samantha E.; Gilchrist, H. Grant; Giroux, Marie-Andree; Johnson, Andrew; Kendall, Steve; Kennedy, Lisa V.; Koloski, Laura; Kwon, Eunbi; Lamarre, Jean-Francois; Lank, David B.; Latty, Christopher J.; Lecomte, Nicolas; Liebezeit, Joseph R.; McKinnon, Laura; Nol, Erica; Perz, Johanna; Rausch, Jennie; Robards, Martin; Saalfeld, Sarah T.; Senner, Nathan R.; Smith, Paul A.; Soloviev, Mikhail; Solovyeva, Diana; Ward, David H.; Woodard, Paul F.; Sandercock, Brett K. (2018-07)
    The Arctic is experiencing rapidly warming conditions, increasing predator abundance, and diminishing population cycles of keystone species such as lemmings. However, it is still not known how many Arctic animals will ...
  • Evaluating spatial and temporal variability in growth and mortality for recreational fisheries with limited catch data 

    Li, Yan; Wagner, Tyler; Jiao, Yan; Lorantas, Robert; Murphy, Cheryl A. (2018-09)
    Understanding the spatial and temporal variability in life-history traits among populations is essential for the management of recreational fisheries. However, valuable freshwater recreational fish species often suffer ...
  • Effects of leg flags on nest survival of four species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds 

    Weiser, Emily L.; Lanctot, Richard B.; Brown, Stephen C.; Gates, H. River; Bentzen, Rebecca L.; Boldenow, Megan L.; Cunningham, Jenny A.; Doll, Andrew; Donnelly, Tyrone F.; English, Willow B.; Franks, Samantha E.; Grond, Kirsten; Herzog, Patrick; Hill, Brooke L.; Kendall, Steve; Kwon, Eunbi; Lank, David B.; Liebezeit, Joseph R.; Rausch, Jennie; Saalfeld, Sarah T.; Taylor, Audrey R.; Ward, David H.; Woodard, Paul F.; Sandercock, Brett K. (2018-09)
    Marking wild birds is an integral part of many field studies. However, if marks affect the vital rates or behavior of marked individuals, any conclusions reached by a study might be biased relative to the general population. ...
  • Spatial extent of analysis influences observed patterns of population genetic structure in a widespread darter species (Percidae) 

    Argentina, Jane E.; Angermeier, Paul L.; Hallerman, Eric M.; Welsh, Stuart A. (2018-10)
    1. Connectivity among stream fish populations allows for exchange of genetic material and helps maintain genetic diversity, adaptive potential and population stability over time. Changes in species demographics and population ...
  • A New Modeling Approach To Prioritize Riparian Restoration To Reduce Sediment Loading in Two Virginia River Basins 

    Scott, Lisa N.; Villamagna, Amy M.; Angermeier, Paul L. (2018-10)
    Human impact, particularly land cover changes (e.g., agriculture, construction) increase erosion and sediment loading into streams. Benthic species are negatively affected by silt deposition that coats and embeds stream ...
  • Demographic Consequences of Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands for Lesser Prairie-Chickens 

    Sullins, Daniel S.; Kraft, John D.; Haukos, David A.; Robinson, Samantha G.; Reitz, Jonathan H.; Plumb, Reid T.; Lautenbach, Joseph M.; Lautenbach, Jonathan D.; Sandercock, Brett K.; Hagen, Christian A. (2018-11)
    Knowledge of landscape and regional circumstances where conservation programs are successful on working lands inagricultural production are needed. Convertingmarginal croplands to grasslands using conservation programs ...
  • Population Characteristics of Yellow Perch in a Central Appalachia Hydropower Reservoir 

    Hilling, Corbin D.; Taylor, Nate D.; Welsh, Stuart A.; Smith, Dustin M. (2018-12)
    Estimates of population characteristics of sport fishes inform fisheries management decisions and provide feedback on management strategies. Cheat Lake provides an unusual fishery in West Virginia because the hydropower ...
  • Size-structured habitat selection by arapaima in floodplain lakes of the Lower Amazon 

    Richard, Jordan C.; Castello, Leandro; Gurdak, Daniel J.; Peoples, Brandon K.; Angermeier, Paul L. (2018-12)
    Human modification of floodplain ecosystems is widespread and a major threat to fish populations, particularly in the tropics where fish diversity and rates of floodplain degradation are high. Identifying measures to ...
  • Lesser prairie-chicken space use in relation to anthropogenic structures 

    Plumb, Reid T.; Lautenbach, Joseph M.; Robinson, Samantha G.; Haukos, David A.; Winder, Virginia L.; Hagen, Christian A.; Sullins, Daniel S.; Pitman, James C.; Dahlgren, David K. (2019-01)
    The Southern Great Plains has been altered by conversion of native grassland to row-crop agriculture, which is considered the primary cause of declining lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) populations. ...

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